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shunt

verb uk   /ʃʌnt/ us  

shunt verb (TRAINS)

[T] to move a train or carriagecar onto a different track in or near a station using a special railway engine designed for this purpose

shunt verb (MOVE)

[T usually + adv/prep] to move someone or something from one place to another, usually because that person or thing is not wanted, and without considering any unpleasant effects: I spent most of my childhood being shunted (about) between my parents who had divorced when I was five. He shunts his kids off to a camp every summer. Viewers are fed up with their favourite sitcoms being shunted to later times to make way for live sports coverage.
shunt
noun [C usually singular] uk   us  

shunt

noun [C] uk   /ʃʌnt/ us    // specialized

shunt noun [C] (passage)

a hole or passage that allows liquid to move from one part of the body to another, either found naturally in the body or put into the body in an operation
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